“With those factors combined, it makes West Chester a great place for the event,” Kocher said. “We love having it and would love to continue to host.”
Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon National Events Director, said the organization has been pleased with West Chester.
“The safe, scenic and spectator-friendly course is ideal for showcasing our up-and-coming multisport stars,” D’Amico said. “The long-standing relationships we have built with Butler County Visitors Bureau, West Chester Twp. and the local authorities have allowed us to put on first-class events year after year, all while forging connections with the local community.”
Through the event’s athletes, supporters, and spectators, around $1.275 million will be brought into the local economy, which Kocher said comes from the number of visitors staying in area hotels and eating at local restaurants.
Kocher said that the Butler County Visitors Bureau has used the triathlon to springboard into other national athletic events including lacrosse, soccer, and an upcoming quidditch competition.
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The competition begins on Saturday morning with the Youth Elite National Championship where athletes aged 13 to 15 will finish a 375-meter swim, 10-kilometer bike, and a 2.5-kilometer run. The Junior Elite section will follow as athletes between the ages of 16 and 19 will do a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, and a five-kilometer run.
The athletes in the elite sections all had to qualify, while those in Sunday’s Youth Age Group did not. Sunday’s athletes will compete in 7-10 and 11-15 age groups.
Parts of Cox Road and Liberty Way will be closed on Saturday and Sunday between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., but officials are asking drivers to be cautious on Friday morning during the event’s expo.
Races will take place between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Sunday. The event is open to the public.